13 Nov '11, 11pm

Texas' Water Shortage Turning Ranchers & Farmers Against Coal-Fired Utility Expansion: #TX #Water #climate

Texas' Water Shortage Turning Ranchers & Farmers Against Coal-Fired Utility Expansion: #TX #Water #climate

Patrick Feller - accent on eclectic /CC BY 2.0 Recipe for socialist rice cooked with commie coal. Grown-in-the-USA rice is a huge export crop for Texas farmers. The recipe for a successful Texas rice production, year after year, traditionally has included a big annual helping of Federal price supports, as needed, and lots and lots of water -- extra water when there's an historic drought, like now. Coal production and coal burning electricity generation also get Federal price support -- to the tune of $1.367 billion taxpayer dollars in 2010 -- and lots and lots of water to cool condense the turbine steam and capture emissions. Texas is the absolute highest coal consuming state and they have plans to add a lot more coal-fired electrical production capacity. They're doing it because it is the lowest cost way to meet the high demand growth that is projected over next several d...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-policy/texas-water-short...

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